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Nov 9, 2018 George L Smyth
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Blue Rhythm was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0358: Rhythm + Blue(s) .    Step 1: Consider the term “rhythm and blues.” Not the genre, just the term.   Step 2: Imagine what you might think “rhythm and blues” meant in terms of music had you never previously heard “rhythm and blues” music.   Step 3: Record a short piece of music that expresses the idea of “rhythm and blues” that occurred to you in Step 2 above. Rhythm is a strong, regular, repeated pattern and...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head,...
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Nov 8, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku253 – the piano man.   The piano man   is stingy at 3 A.M.   his songs drop like plum. This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight. On the back of his 1968 debut collection, Poems from Prison, Knight stated "I died in Korea from a shrapnel wound, and narcotics resurrected me. I died in 1960 from a prison sentence and poetry brought me back to life." Stingy at 3 A.M. was written for Trombone, Bass Trombone and Piano.
Topics: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Piano, naviarhaiku253, Racket In My Head
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Nov 2, 2018 George L Smyth
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12 Hours was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0357: Clock Work .    Step 1: Think about your previous 12 hours as of the moment you begin this project.   Step 2: Note one single thing that best summarizes each of those 12 hours. That is: one thing for each of those 12 hours. Each “thing” should be one strong association with that hour, such as what you did, what you felt, what you thought, where you were, and so forth. This step’s process will result in a list of 12 things...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, disquiet0357, Racket In My Head
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Nov 1, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku252 – The wire fence is tall .   The wire fence is tall   The lights in the prison barracks   Flick off, one by one. This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight, an American author and one of the most prominent poets of the Black Arts Movement in the 20th century. While serving the U.S. Army in Korea he was wounded and as a result, the drug addiction that had begun during his service got worse. He wrote his most acclaimed book, Poems from Prison,...
Topics: Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku252, Racket In...
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Oct 30, 2018 George L Smyth
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A little over five months ago I started working on this piece.  The idea was simple, start with something dark and end with something light.  However, the more I worked on the opening, the more it reminded me of the state of things in our country and unlike when there was this much division fifty years ago, at least back then there was an ending point, something I do not see so easily now.  So the project became larger in scope and meaning, and more difficult to find a way to move from the...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Trombone, Bass Trombone,...
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Oct 26, 2018 George L Smyth
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Ground Swell was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0356: Ground Swell .    Step 1: The goal is to create a piece of music that uses layers to create a sense of unease, eeriness, or disquiet.   Step 2: Think of a place that summons up the sensations described in Step 1.   Step 3: Derive sounds from the place that came to mind in Step 2. If you have access to the place, consider strategies to accomplish this (from field recordings, graphic notations, etc.). If you do not have...
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass,...
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Oct 25, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku251 – I have lost my way .   I have lost my way   In a strange town at night, –   A sky of old cold stars.  This is a haiku by Richard Wright, one of the most celebrated African-American novelists of the twentieth century.  He discovered haiku during the last eighteen months of his life (he died of heart attack in 1960, aged 52). In such a short time he wrote 4000 poems, and his posthumous book " Haiku: This Other World " is a...
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku251, Racket In My...
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Oct 22, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku250 – I was silent all day: .   I was silent all day:   Facing the sea,   The tide came up.  This is a haiku by Santoka, who spent 16 years of his life as a mendicant Zen priest, probably one of the last of his kind in Japan.   When I am silent, my mind fills with thoughts that both dance and clash with one another, like a mosh pit. I Was Silent All Day was written for Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku250, Racket In My Head
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Oct 4, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku248 – Washing the ink-stone .   Washing the ink-stone,   The Indian ink flows away   Blue, blue. This is a haiku by Hashimoto Takako, one of the most important voices in haiku poetry during the World War II years in Japan, together with Mitsuhashi Takajo and Ishibashi Hideno among others. Washing the ink-stone was written for Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku248, Racket In My Head
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Sep 24, 2018 George L Smyth
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About a year ago I was approached by a singer who wanted to collaborate with me.  I wrote a piece for her but was never able to get her to sing it - I am guessing that she did not like what I had written and did not want to tell me (it's okay, I'm a big boy).  The piece is still sitting around and I am hoping to someday find someone who will be willing to give it a go. I had reached out to a friend for a poem to use for the words and he directed me to a friend of his, Carol Burbank , who...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
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Sep 22, 2018 George L Smyth
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Fulfillment was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0351: Selected Insomniac Works Volume II .    Step 1: Last week, about 60 members of the Disquiet Junto recorded ambient music for the middle of the night. The specific request was to "Make very quiet music for very late at night for very fragile psyches."” This week, we’ll each select a track from last week and proceed to dial it down even further.   Step 2: Listen through the tracks from last week’s project, and...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, electronics, disquiet0351, Racket In My Head
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Sep 14, 2018 George L Smyth
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Music For Insomniacs was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0350: Selected Insomniac Works .    Step 1: It’s the middle of the night, long past dusk and long before dawn. You can’t sleep.   Step 2: Think about what kind of music you’d want to hear right now — super quiet, super subtle, unlikely to wake you, potentially to ease you back to the comfort of your pillow, or at least to calm your mind.   Step 3: Record the sort of music that Step 2 made you imagine. I wanted to...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, disquiet0350, Racket In My Head, Cello, String Bass
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Sep 13, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku245 – Flowers of morning glory .   Flowers of morning glory.   The sky above this street   Begins to overcast. This is a haiku by Hisajo Sugita, an innovative exponent of the women’s haiku movement, and one of the first poets to combine distant views and foregrounds in the same poem. Her role in modernizing haiku was recognized only after her death, when contemporary writers began to use a similar style of juxtaposition. We change on a...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Sep 6, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku244 – among thousands.   among thousands   of singing insects, one   singing out of tune This is a haiku by Mitsuhashi Takajo, a haiku poet of the Shōwa period.  She is considered as one of the "4 Ts" of Japanese female haiku poets, together with Nakamura Teijo, Hoshino Tatsuko, and Hashimoto Takako. We do not understand the cacophony of sounds of the insects as they chant through the night.  Their songs are meaningful to one...
Topics: Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku244, Racket In My Head
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Sep 1, 2018 George L Smyth
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Mise En Abyme was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0348: Hot Mise en Abyme .    Step 1: There is a term in art, “mise en abyme.” It refers to instances when a work of art includes a copy of itself, maybe more than one copy. Consider how this term might apply to sound.    Step 2: Record a short piece of music that applies the term “mise en abyme” to sound, based on your thoughts from Step 1. Sounds within sounds is what I was thinking of when putting together Mise En...
Topics: Clarinet, disquiet0348, Racket In My Head
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Aug 27, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku242 – The pine shadow falls on the tent wall.   The pine shadow falls on the tent wall   & I see the shrine   as if for the first time This is a haiku by Diane di Prima, one of the founding members (and one of the few female writers to have been acknowledged as an integral member) of the Beat Movement. The Pine Shadow Falls On The Tent Wall was written for Glockenspiel, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Glockenspiel, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku242, Racket In My Head
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Aug 19, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku241 – Nightfall.   Nightfall,   boy smashing dandelions   with a stick. This is a haiku by Jack Kerouac, who took a different approach with Japanese Haiku.  He said, "I don’t think American Haikus (short three-line poems intended to be completely packed with Void of Whole) should worry about syllables because American speech is something again ... bursting to pop." Smashing Dandelions With A Stick was written for Flute,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Marimba, naviarhaiku241, Racket In My Head
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Jul 27, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 238 – Two lights of the village.   Two lights of the village   Pining for one another   Insects chirping This is a haiku by Takahama Kyoshi, who promoted a more traditional style of haiku, and highlighted the symbolic function of the kigo (the season word). Two Lights was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku238,...
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Jul 20, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 237 – The distant mountains .   The distant mountains   are reflected in the eye   of the dragonfly This is a haiku by Kobayashi Issa, a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect known for his haiku poems and journals The Eye Of The Dragonfly was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Marimba, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Marimba, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku237, Racket In My Head
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Jul 13, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 236 – An evening cloudburst .   An evening cloudburst   sparrows cling desperately   to trembling bushes  This is a haiku by Yosa Buson, Japanese painter and one of the greatest poets of the Edo Period. Evening Cloudburst was written for Trombone, Bass Trombone, Timpani, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Tom-toms, Vibraphone, Violins, Viola, Cello, String Bass.
Topics: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Timpani, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Tom-toms, Vibraphone, Violins, Viola,...
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Jul 6, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 235 – Splendid Affinity .   Splendid affinity   sun's great halo   green leaves This is a haiku by Zen Buddhist master and poet Soen Nakagawa, who visited the United States more than a dozen times.  Unorthodox and eccentric, he'd fill the sleeves of his robes with nuts and berries from Central Park or herbs growing in the sidewalk cracks, and add them to his bowl at the next meal. He seems like the sort of person I would have liked to have...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone, naviarhaiku235, Racket In My...
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Jun 30, 2018 George L Smyth
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Rude Mechanicals was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0339: Rude Mechanicals .    Step 1: Imagine there is a genre called “rude mechanicals.”   Step 2: Imagine what might characterize the “rude mechanicals” genre.   Step 3: Create an original piece of music in the genre called “rude mechanicals.” Thinking about this, I envisioned a group of misfits, probably devotees of Harry Partch's music, taking over an abandoned factory and making musical instruments from the...
Topics: Timpani, Drum Set, Anvil, Bass Drum, Maracas, Gong, Tambourine, Tom-toms, Triangle, Whistle, Whip,...
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Jun 29, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 234 – when the cicadas cease .   when the cicadas cease   what coolness!   the voice of the pines This is a haiku by Baijaku, as translated by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, a writer, translator, and journalist of the late 19th century. The Voice Of The Pines was written for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku234, Racket In My Head
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Jun 22, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 233 – A lucid mirage .   A lucid mirage   Faint elusive memories   Reason redundant. This is a haiku by Hannah Williams , a young poet, writer and blogger based in London.  Much of Hannah Williams's poetry is very open to interpretation, and this is no exception.  I was especially curious about the last two words, so I took from Ray Billington, "Emotion, left to itself, will declare reason redundant" and used it as a partial...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Viola, naviarhaiku233, Racket In My Head
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Jun 18, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was inspired by the At Water's Edge challenge, 52 Stories Up.   Create a track that uses elements of your favorite story AND your favorite card game. This was a tough one.  My favorite story is The Giving Tree, but I get so emotionally involved that, like Goretsky Symphony #3, I can only deal with it once every five years or so.  Also, I do not really have a favorite card game - I do not like the element of chance in each game, as I am more of a person who enjoys playing chess. If...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Racket In My Head
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Jun 14, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 232 – Indian Summer .   Indian summer:   dragonfly shadows seldom   brush the window. This is a haiku by Masaoka Shiki, mostly known for having revitalized haiku in the time when, after centuries of isolation, Japan opened to the West and was flooded with new ideas from abroad.  I just returned from a wonderful week in a cottage by a lake, watching dragonflies hover and move as I sat reading.  The stillness and calm of the near solitude...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, naviarhaiku232, Racket In My Head
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Jun 1, 2018 George L Smyth
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Hold Music was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0335: Alone Time .    Step 1: Hold music is a ubiquitous fact of modern life. Ask yourself what hold music you’d like to hear while waiting for someone to pick up the other end of the line, or while waiting for a conference call to begin.   Step 2: Record a short piece of hold music that satisfies the scenario you pondered in Step 1. Your finished track should be suitable for looping, since you never know how long you’re going...
Topics: Violin, disquiet0335, Racket In My Head
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Jun 1, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 230 – To the end of the field.   To the end of the field   All alone I go   Autumn sky This is a haiku by Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist, scholar of British literature and composer of haiku. This haiku reminded me of the many hikes I took into the wilderness.  Sometimes I would be in the forest for a couple of days before reaching a clearing, which opened to a new world.  This piece is my feeling of walking through the field to...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, naviarhaiku230, Racket In My Head, Cello
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May 25, 2018 George L Smyth
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Nine Guitars was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0334: Mass Branca. https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0334-mass-branca/   Step 1: This project is a tribute to the late avant-garde composer and guitarist Glenn Branca, who died earlier this month. Among Branca’s many musical systems was to have a vast number of musicians, say 100 guitarists for example, perform together. We’re going to explore that mass of sound to produce a mass in Branca’s memory. It will be a...
Topics: Guitar, disquiet0334, Racket In My Head
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May 24, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 229 – finally a clear sky .   finally a clear sky   yet no moon...   summer mountain This is a haiku by one of the greatest haiku poets, Kobayashi Issa, who was extremely prolific.  He is better known as simply Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea. After five days of rain, two of sun, then back to rain, this haiku worked itself nicely into my office, as I wished for a hastening of the sun's inevitable return. Finally, A Clear Sky is...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass, naviarhaiku229,...
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May 17, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 228 – A snail .   A snail   Raising its horns:   Edge of the well. This is a haiku by accomplished Japanese haiku poet and novelist Natsume Soseki , author of Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. Depending on how you look at them, snails can be the most boring creatures in the world or the most fascinating.  When I look at the images of Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko I tend toward the...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello, naviarhaiku228, Racket In...
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May 14, 2018 George L Smyth
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Lucky Rounds was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0332: Lucky Numbers .   Step 1: Think about how a string of numbers might inform — might seed — a short musical composition.   Step 2: Locate the lottery numbers near your — or, if you live somewhere that doesn’t have a lottery, find someplace that does.   Step 3: Having located a set of lottery numbers, then compose and record a short composition that is somehow based on them.  Looking at winning lottery numbers in...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0332, Racket In My Head
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May 13, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 227 – Morning coolness.   Morning coolness:   dewdrops swaying   in the spiderweb This is a haiku by Betty Drevniok , one of the founders of the Haiku Society of Canada .  The Betty Drevniok Award is an annual competition organized by Haiku Canada .  After a long winter I love the warm, but do not at all mind the coolness of the morning.  This piece depicts this stillness, when I am less interested in hurrying and more inclined to just...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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May 3, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 226 – he won’t go to sleep .   he won't go to sleep   unless we play him the tune   that keeps him awake This is a haiku by Alvaro Cardona-Hine - poet, painter, composer and long-time Zen student; born in Costa Rica, he spent most of his adult life in the US, and in 1986 opened an art gallery in Truchas, New Mexico, together with his wife Barbara McCauley. One of the things I love about haiku is the fact that oftentimes there is so much...
Topics: Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku226, Racket In My Head
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May 1, 2018 George L Smyth and Lia Brazelton
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Not long after my granddaughter turned two years old I put her on my lap and had her play the piano.  I had done this numerous times in the past, but this time I decided to record what she played.  As it turned out, this time she went on for about five minutes. Almost a year later I decided to do something with this recording, so I transcribed it.  I decided to assign what she had played to a clarinet and trombone, taking a few minor liberties to allow it to actually be playable.  I then...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Lia, Racket In My Head
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Apr 27, 2018 George L Smyth
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This was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0330: Wax Off .  A little over a year ago I offered Looking For Planes – Looking, the first of a three part piece for two pianos that dealt with my granddaughter looking for airplanes flying overhead.  I completed the other two parts and made them available.   Step 1: Make a piece of music by erasing aspects of a pre-existing track. You’ll be taking an earlier audio track of your own and reworking it.   Step 2: The theme of this...
Topics: Piano, disquiet0330, Racket In My Head
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Apr 26, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 225 – The wild geese take flight .    The wild geese take flight   Low along the railroad tracks   In the moonlight night This is a haiku by Masaoka Shiki , a Japanese poet, author, and literary critic in Meiji period Japan. Shiki is regarded as a major figure in the development of modern haiku poetry.  I've done a good bit of hiking, and one of the pleasures is coming across a large pond filled with geese. They are magestic both coming...
Topics: Trombone, Gong, Vibraphone, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Chorus, Racket In My Head
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Apr 19, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 224 – the milky way .   the milky way   at midnight   a drunkard dances This is a haiku by Taneda Santoka , a poet and mendicant priest who chose walking meditation instead of zazen or sitting meditation. It is estimated that he walked about 28,000 miles during his life as a priest.  Funny how things change.  With my music, as is the case with my photography, it seems that more often than not I have an idea, but when I work on that idea...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku224,...
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Apr 18, 2018 George L Smyth
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A stay in New York City cannot be completed for a photographer without a visit to the High Line.  I selected some of the "half" images I photographed from there and wrote music to accompany what I saw. The video for which the music was written can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxpURdhIYxM .
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Apr 15, 2018 George L Smyth
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Pentimento was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0328: Sonic Pentimento .   Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project involves recording a piece of music inspired by a term from painting. That word is “pentimento,” which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a reappearance in a painting of an original drawn or painted element which was eventually painted over by the artist.” Familiarize yourself with the term.   Step 2: Think about how the term...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0328, Racket In My Head
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Apr 12, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 223 – Meditation class .   Meditation class   the distant waterfall   suddenly closer This is a haiku by Marco Alessi . Earlier this month I wrote music for meditation in response to the Disquiet Junto Project 0323 .  Naviarhaiku 223 is similar in that I am once again writing music for meditation despite the fact that I do not meditate, so I do not really know what may or may not work for meditation.  The idea here is similar to that...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Cello,...
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Apr 6, 2018 George L Smyth
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327 was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0327: Time Zoned .    Compose a piece of music with three separate and distinct through-lines. Think of each of the three lines as an individual voice. The important thing is that the three through-lines occur in your composition simultaneously. One voice should be in 3/4 time. One should be in 2/4 time. And one should be in 7/4 time.   I recently released Fragment Of A Dream, where I looped the lines in the instruments in such a way that...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Wood Blocks, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0327, Racket In My Head
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Apr 5, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 222 – Ghostly melody .    Ghostly melody   follows me into my day   fragment of a dream This is a haiku by Jason Richardson , musician and poet.  The idea was to establish a simple melody, build an accompaniment, and then loop the various part of the accompaniment out of sync so that the measures never repeat as they originally had, like a dream that fades away like water through the fingers. Fragment Of A Dream is written for three...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku222, Racket In My Head
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Mar 29, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 221 – Spring approaches.   Spring approaches   the Pacific Ocean   will be my sitting mat This is a haiku by Zen Buddhist master Soen Nakagawa, mostly known for being a seminal figure in spreading interest in Zen to the West. Spring Approaches is written for Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone. Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone. Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku221, Racket In My Head
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Mar 17, 2018 George L Smyth
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Coding Factory was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0324: Factory Floor . Consider what sort of music is appropriate for collaborative workplaces, such as newsrooms, design studios, software development teams, and so forth. Think about music that (1) isn’t distracting and (2) suggests momentum. A while back I wrote a 45 minute piece for myself to listen to while on the elliptical.  The idea was to provide a specific rhythm throughout my workout on which to base my actions.  As...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0324, Racket In My Head
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Mar 17, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 219 – moonlight enters .    moonlight enters   only through the window...   paper mosquito net This is a haiku by Kobayashi Issa, better known as just Issa, a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect known for his haiku poems and journals. Paper Mosquito Net is written for two Flutes, two Alto Flutes and Vibraphone.
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Vibraphone, naviarhaiku219, Racket In My Head
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Mar 14, 2018 George L Smyth
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The idea of this piece was to use the arpeggiated sequence C E G B C’ B G E C that is used as the basis of the Stranger Things theme song.  This sequence is actually extraordinarily similar to the Tron: Legacy - Visual Effects Concept Test , thus the title of this piece.  Unlike most of my music, this has no program, so leaving the title as is makes sense. The piece is written for five string and five woodwind players.
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Mar 12, 2018 George L Smyth
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May 7, 1970 was the third day of protests against the Vietnam war at West Virginia University. Thousands of students had collected at Grumbein’s Island in front of the student union building and effectively blocked traffic, chanting and giving speeches. The military draft had been reinstated, and fresh in everyone’s mind was the Kent State killings, which had happened just a few days prior. On the wall of the student union building the jocks and frat boys lined up, yelling down at the...
Topics: Bass Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Timpani, Tambourine, Snare Drum, Violin, Viola,...
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Mar 9, 2018 George L Smyth
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Music For Meditation was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0323: Music For Meditation .   Step 1: Consider music appropriate for meditation. Think of the sounds, the tones, the forms that might suit such a thing.   Step 2: Record a short piece of music for meditation. Make your track a set number of minutes (that is, a length divisible by 60 seconds), preferably between 7 minutes and 20 minutes. Whatever length you choose, insert a bell/chime sound precisely one minute after the...
Topics: Tubular Bell, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0323, Racket In My Head
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Mar 8, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 218 – In the faint sunlight .   In the faint sunlight,   get together   men and sparrows This is a haiku by Sumitaku Kenshin, one of the most important representatives of free-form haiku, which ignores not just the syllabic formation typical of haiku poetry but seasonal reference as well.  Men And Sparrows is written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet.
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, naviarhaiku218, Racket In My Head
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Mar 6, 2018 George L Smyth
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The Default Mode was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0322: The Wanderer . The idea of this piece was exactly the opposite of Disquiet Junto Project 0321: Let’s Active .  "The idea is to use musical/acoustic features that convey and evoke sadness in the listener, since in our recent study we demonstrate that sad (compared with happy) music enhances mind-wandering levels (shown both behaviourally and with neuroimaging methods)." As I wanted to link the two, I used some...
Topics: Bass Clarinet, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0322, Racket In My Head
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Feb 24, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 216 – Looking up .   Looking up -   how still   the tree I cut This is a haiku by Ippekiro Nakatsuka, one of the first to introduce the colloquial style into haiku poetry. For Nakatsuka, what mattered the most was the ability to reduce a poem into a single picture or thought, with as little words as possible. The Tree I Cut is written for Horn, Bass Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Gong, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Horn, Bass Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Gong, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Feb 23, 2018 George L Smyth
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Fighting The Default Mode was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0321: Let’s Active .  Mind-wandering is an internally-oriented cognitive state somehow opposite to focused attention on a task or on a specific sensory input. Sad music, compared with happy music, is associated with stronger mind-wandering and greater activity of the nodes of the Default Mode Network. Thus, when listening to sad music, people withdraw their attention inwards and engage in spontaneous cognitive...
Topics: Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Tambourine, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Celesta, disquiet0321, Racket In...
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Feb 17, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0320: Table of Contents . Choose a favorite book. Consider the tone, the temperament, and the content of each chapter in the book. Compose a piece of music with as many segments to it as there are chapters to the book. Compose each individual segment with the idea that it is loopable as background music while someone is reading the given chapter. Consider making connections between chapters through melodic themes or instrument choice...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Gong, Marimba, disquiet0320, Racket In My Head
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Feb 15, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 215 – Night over .   Night - over   sleeping children,   sound of the waves. This is a haiku by the 20th century Natsume Soseki, one of the most influencial modern Japanese writers. It is written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku215,...
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Feb 8, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 214 – How heavy .    How heavy   on my eyes,   the winter sun. This is a haiku by the 20th century Takahama Kyoshi, author of over 200,000 haiku. It is written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku214, Racket...
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Feb 2, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 213 – Autumn Storm   Autumn storm -   faces drawing close   in candle-light. This is a haiku by the 20th century poet Sekito. Instead of writing storm music, I had more in mind the feeling of sitting inside with someone I love, watching the storm while protected. It is written for Soprano, Alto and Bass Flute, Soprano, Alto  and Bass Clarinet, and Cello.
Topics: Soprano Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Soprano Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Cello,...
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Jan 28, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 212 – Under a winter moon   Under a winter moon   with shallow water   a river flows This is a haiku by Seishi Yamaguchi, an influential Japanese haiku writer active during the Shōwa period. It is written for String Orchestra, Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet and Marimba.
Topics: String Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Marimba,...
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Jan 19, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 211 – Giant pasania tree .   Giant pasania tree,   splitting   autumn's sky. This is a haiku by Takahama Kyoshi. It is written for two Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone and Tuba.
Topics: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, naviarhaiku211, Racket In My Head
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Jan 11, 2018 George L Smyth / Steve Weinstock
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 210 – Winter Light and was written in collaboration with Steve Weinstock.   Winter light   touches the Great Buddha,   then the hills. This is a haiku by Tatsuko Hoshino, a well known Japanese haiku poet. It is written for Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and strings.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku210, Racket In My Head
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Jan 3, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 209 – I am all ears   I am all ears   in wild rice fields   the song of warblers This is a haiku by Ryōkan Taigu. It was written for Flute, Alto Flute, two Clarinets, and two Bassoons.
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, naviarhaiku209, Racket In My Head
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Dec 28, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 208 – Considering the years gone by .   Considering the years gone by   To be a giant   I walk away This is a haiku by Takahama Kyoshi.  At this point in my life I can say that I knew the years would go fast, and they went faster than I thought. It was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Violin.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Violin, naviarhaiku208, Racket In My Head
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Dec 23, 2017 George L Smyth
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Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival to honor the god Saturn, held on December 17th. Changes to the Roman calendar moved Saturnalia to December 25th, and it is reasonable to argue that the date was appropriated by Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus.   The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn and a public banquet, followed by gift-giving, partying, and an atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms.  Gambling was allowed and masters served their...
Topics: Chorus, String Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
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Dec 22, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0312: Amplify/Magnify The idea of this piece was to select a sound or piece of music and amplify, magnify, and contrast the two ideas.  I swapped the first two movements of this short piece. Looking at the Merriam-Webster dictionary I used the two following definitions:   magnify   1 a : extol, laud     b : to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect   amplify   1 : to expand (something, such as a statement) by the use of...
Topics: String Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0312, Racket In My Head
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Dec 20, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 207 – the woman .   the woman   leads into the mist —   low tide beach This is a haiku by Kobayashi Issa. It was written for String Quartet.
Topics: string quartet, violin, viola, cello, naviarhaiku207, Racket In My Head
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Dec 18, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 206 – Snow stopped .   Snow stopped   in the voices of children   the sun shines This is a haiku by Ozaki Hōsai. It was written for four Violins and two Cellos. The sound of the children was made available at https://freesound.org/people/SonidoDiegetico_UPV/sounds/333324/
Topics: Violin, Cello, naviarhaiku206, Racket In My Head
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Dec 8, 2017 George L Smyth
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Leaves In The Street, 1957 was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0310: From Memory . When I was much younger I would watch my father rake our leaves out to the street.  As he collected the leaves in the back yard I would play in the pile, stomping them down and kicking them.   When all of the leaves had been collected they would be set on fire.  This is not something we do these days, but that was how we used to get rid of the leaves. As the fire moved through the leaf pile they...
Topics: Anvil, Castanets, Roto-toms, Tambourine, Temple Blocks, Triangle, Whip, Crotales, Violin,...
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Dec 7, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 205 – shrapnel .   shrapnel   brings from the grove of trees   a circle of birds This is a haiku by Georges Sabiron, who lost his life in the trenches of northern France in May 1918. The designation of (condensed) has been added to the title because I will be expanding this idea into a much larger piece. It was written for Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Timpani, Vibraphone, Violin and Cello.
Topics: Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Timpani, Vibraphone, Violin, Cello, naviarhaiku205, Racket In My Head
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Dec 1, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 204.   the pear blossoming…   after  the battle this   ruined  house This is a haiku by Masaoka Shiki, the first to use the word "haiku".  It was written for Clarinet, Flute, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Clarinet, Flute, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku204, Racket In My Head
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Nov 19, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 202.   wind blows its way to   sea. deep in night.   alone This is a haiku by Taneda Santōka. I imagined entering a vision of the vastness of the ocean, where the wind moves along gently, aimlessly, touching the waves. It was written for string quartet.
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku202, Racket In My Head
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Nov 18, 2017 George L Smyth
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Ophiuchus represents a man with a snake coiled around his waist. The zodiac consists of the twelve constellations through which the sun passes.  When the zodiac was first invented the sun did not pass through the constellation Ophiuchus.  However, because of the precession of the earth the eclipti now passes through the southern regions of the constellation Ophiuchus in the first half of December. Ophiuchus is in four parts. Largo Ophiuchus was identified by the Greeks as Asclepius, who was...
Topics: Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Ophiuchus, Racket In My Head
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Nov 9, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 201 .   In the calm stillness   after the rainstorm:   flies.    This is a haiku by Taneda Santōka.  In reading about him I was struck by the following:   Westerners try to conquer the mountains.    People of the East contemplate the mountains.    For us, mountains are not an object of scientific study but a work of art.    Patiently I taste the mountains.      September 20, 1930 This and the haiku inspired me to write I Taste...
Topics: Clarinet, Contrabassoon, Flute, Violin, Cello, Wood Blocks, naviarhaiku201, Racket In My Head
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Nov 4, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 200 .   We’ve explored miles /   Drive until the light gives out /   Drive the day away    For me driving starts out as a joy, though a somewhat necessary one, which hobbles it.  Nonetheless, the beginning is great but soon turns into a burden. It was written for String Orchestra, Timpani, Trombone, Vibraphone and Xylophone.
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Timpani, Trombone, Vibraphone, naviarhaiku200, Racket In My...
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Oct 29, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to naviarhaiku 199.   Going forth…   Leaving my thoughts   In a sasanqua flower.    I added (condensed) to the title because this short piece is the seed of an idea for a much larger piece, which I hope to be able to offer by the end of the year. It was written for two horns and trombone.
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Topics: Horn, Trombone, naviarhaiku199, Racket In My Head
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Oct 25, 2017 George L Smyth
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Our lives are surrounded by memories and anticipation.  This is why we love Fridays and refer to it as TGIF.  The same can be said for me with Sundays, where the anticipation is always that tomorrow has always been either a school or work day. Week's End deals with Sunday, the last day of the week.  It is a day most of us do not work or deal with school, and while it is enjoyable, there is always that anticipation of the dreaded Monday. This piece was written for String Orchestra, Clarinet,...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Clarinet, Flute, Vibraphone, Racket In My Head
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Oct 14, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0302: Gronkytonk . I imagine Gronkytonk as the music one hears down the street coming from an - at best - sketchy bar.  Going inside the music reminds one of the poem Jaberwocky - it's understandable but occasionally falls into the realm of confusion. Frank's Gronkytonk was written for Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Oboe, String Bass, Cymbals, Drum Set, Timpani and Wood Blocks.
Topics: Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Oboe, String Bass, Cymbals, Drum Set, Timpani, Wood Blocks, disquiet0302,...
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Oct 12, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to naviarhaiku 197 .   Gratitude!   tears melting into   mountain snow It was written for string orchestra, chorus and piano.
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Chorus, Piano, naviarhaiku197, Racket In My Head
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Oct 6, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0301: Parts > Sum . Sections from each of Lee Rosevere's ten 5 Minute Meditations were combined into an electronic file and accompaniment by string orchestra was added. The piece was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0301, Racket In My Head
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Oct 5, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 196 .   the waves charge and crash,   then they return, again and   again — and again My idea was not to replicate the ocean, but more to replicate the feeling of the ocean. When I have a chance to watch it do what it has been doing for millions of years, I think of how small I am. The piece was written for Clarinet, Cello, Flute and Violin.
Topics: Clarinet, Cello, Flute, Violin, naviarhaiku196, Racket In My Head
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Sep 29, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to naviarhaiku 195 (http://www.naviarrecords.com/2017/09/27/naviarhaiku195-leaving-the-hospital-room/).   leaving the hospital room   autumn mountains   breathing It was written for string orchestra.
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku195, Racket In My Head
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Sep 28, 2017 George L Smyth
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I was Thinking of John Luther Adams "Among Red Mountains" when putting together this miniature piece for Disquiet 300.
Topics: Piano, Organ, Vibraphone, disquiet300, Racket In My Head
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Sep 25, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to naviarhaiku 194 .   Lightning flash–   what I thought were faces   are plumes of pampas grass    The piece is written for wind quintet and vibraphone.
Topics: naviarhaiku 194, Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Oboe, Vibraphone, Racket In My Head
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Sep 14, 2017 George L Smyth
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This was written in response to naviarhaiku 193   Now gathering,   Now scattering,   Fireflies over the river. The piece is written for Piccolo and three Flutes.
Topics: Piccolo, Flute, naviarhaiku193, Racket In My Head
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Sep 12, 2017 George L Smyth
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Water can exist in the three states, gas, liquid and solid.  States looks at these three, with recordings of each, our tea kettle, overflow from Lake Kittamaqundi, and cracking ice. States   Gas - written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Vibraphone   Liquid - written for Violin, Viola, Cello and Vibraphone   Solid - written for Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba and Vibraphone
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba,...
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Sep 8, 2017 George L Smyth
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This was written in response to  naviarhaiku 192   The lamp once out   Cool stars enter   The window frame.     The piece is written for two Flutes, two Oboes, two Clarinets and Triangle.
Topics: haiku, Natsume Sōseki, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Triangle, naviarhaiku192, Racket In My Head
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Aug 31, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written for naviarhaiku 191 in response to Takarai Kikaku's haiku:    Springtime in Edo,    Not a day passes without    A temple bell sold It is scored for Crotales, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass
Topics: Crotales, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku 191, Racket In...
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Aug 25, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written for the Disquiet Junto Project 0295: Disregard Echoes . I know little about the history of Australia, but Americans know how we treated the indigenous people when the Europeans arrived.  This is a stain on our history that cannot be erased, and should not be erased. Bathurst Stain is about the treatment of the Wiradjuri in just one instance, where locals poisoned a waterhole to rid themselves of these people. This piece is scored for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Timpani,...
Topics: Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Timpani, Side Drum, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0295,...
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Aug 18, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0294: Offline Status Bassel Khartabil was an open-source coder who did a lot of work in CGI before being imprisoned in Syria. Word of his execution just recently became public. Record a piece of music that either begins with or ends with the full audio of Bassel’s voice. In listening to the clip the first thing I heard was something ticking in the background, which sounded ominous to me.  I decided to use that element in the form of a single...
Topics: Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Xylophone, disquiet0294, Racket In My Head
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Aug 4, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written Disquiet Junto Project 0292: Eclipse Music and is dedicated to the memory of Bassel Khartabil. I have seen two eclipses and hope to see another one soon, weather permitting.  I imagined a time when eclipses were not understood and it was thought that they were a portent of the end of the world, as the sun disappeared into the moon.  This piece is of the thoughts of those people as they began to see the sun emerge from behind the moon and realized that they would live...
Topics: disquiet0292, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Chorus, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My...
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Jul 28, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written for Junto 0291: Make Music That Sounds Like a Lantern 1 - Consider what might be called the "lantern effect" — the way light is filtered through the textured material of a paper lantern. 2 - Consider how the lantern effect, a visual phenomenon, might have a sonic corollary. That is, answer to the question: What would the lantern effect sound like? 3 - Record a short piece of music that evidences the lantern effect idea that arose from Step 1 and Step 2. My...
Topics: disquiet0291, chorus, Racket In My Head
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Jul 22, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to the Disquiet Junto Project 0290: Text-to-Beat . Find a good text-to-speech system that you think you can work with musically.  Experiment with different combinations of words to produce a rhythm you want to work with. Record the rhythm you developed. Produce a track using the rhythm as the foundation. Instead of trying to find a rhythm that I liked, I decided to select the words and work with what came to me.  My favorite opening sentence in a novel is...
Topics: disquiet0290, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, Racket In My...
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Jul 16, 2017 George L Smyth
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Disquiet Junto Project 0289: Ancient Artifacts Step 1: Imagine an instrument that has been lost in the sands of time. Step 2: Imagine what that instrument sounded like. Step 3: Record a piece of music employing that instrument. (Be sure to describe your instrument’s history in an accompanying note.) The history of tuned percussion instruments in ancient Greece offers few examples (the Krotalon being one) so to fill this gap I imagined a large machine that worked like a music box.  The...
Topics: Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp, disquiet0289, Racket In My Head
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Jul 7, 2017 George L Smyth
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The idea of  Disquiet Junto Project 0288: Interspecies Duet was to use samples of two different animals and have them make music together, with a bonus for adding myself.   I decided to use existing samples I have made over the years, one a recording of frogs in a pond near my house and the other crows deciding to be loud very early in the morning.   In this piece the two animals use their periodic calls to contest one another.  I am represented as a collection of percussion instruments,...
Topics: disquiet0288, Cymbals, Wood Blocks, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Harp, Racket In My Head
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Jul 1, 2017 George L Smyth
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Back in April I offered Looking For Planes - Looking , the first of a three part piece for two pianos that dealt with my granddaughter looking for airplanes flying overhead.  I have completed the piece and the three parts are subtitled Looking, Finding, and Forgetting.   The music link goes to the three played as the piece should be heard, and the links to the scores are for the three parts.
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Jun 25, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written for the Disquiet Junto Project 0286 . The idea here was to translate, transliterate, and interpret a piece of music, so I selected Awakes , a piece I wrote last year that described my granddaughter when she wakes up. The piece is in four sections.  The first part is the initial sequence of what I originally wrote.   The second part has been translated.  In this regard I thought of myself as a child, with more energy than one has a right to own, which offered its own...
Topics: disquiet0286, piano, Racket In My Head
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Jun 16, 2017 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto #285 .  The idea was to select three barcodes and write music based on their contents. I selected barcodes from the three ingredients of my typical breakfast - Shredded Wheat (big biscuit), milk and sugar.  From the barcodes I extracted the numbers, which I had represent notes (I did end up changing two of the 36 notes so that it would make more sense).  Each barcode is a voice in this string trio, with the barcode for the Shredded Wheat...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet, Racket In My Head
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May 26, 2017 George L Smyth
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Musical decorations include passing tones, neighboring tones, and other ornamental additions to the primary structure of the line.  The task here was to make a clear distinction between these decorations and the structurally significant portion of the lines at the beginning and end, but make these ambiguous between these endpoints.  In this piece I have buried the ornaments into the body so that they become as significant as the other notes. This piece is scored for piano.
Topics: piano, disquiet0282, Racket In My Head
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May 19, 2017 George L Smyth
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This is one of those ideas that came in fits and starts, where each attempt resulted in things quickly turning to mush.  I finally realized that it needed to be a single line to allow one to follow what was going on.  This piece is a bit longer than my other works but that length is necessary to allow things to play out. The initial palindrome progressively has notes added to the row until it is filled, then notes are continuously removed by lengthening others, eventually returning to the...
Topics: Piano, disquiet0281, Racket In My Head
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May 12, 2017 George L Smyth
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The idea of the Disquiet Junto Project 0280 was to use a new musical thing to recreate an old musical thing.  Fortunately, the definitions of the terms "old" and "new" were not defined so I made up my own.  I decided that something new would be an occurrence within the past 1% of my life (this would include anything in the past 239 days) and something old would be an idea before my lifetime. For the old idea I decided upon something that would appear new to pretty much...
Topics: Clarinet, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Chorus, disquiet, Racket In My Head